Does the thought of being surrounded by the tall mountains of the Annapurna range intrigue you? At the same time do you have the desire to support the needy people of the beautiful place you will be visiting? Then be a part of ‘Himalayan Glimpses’, a 5 days’ charity trek program by RCDP Nepal to cross over some of the region's most astounding landscapes, rhododendron forests and the scattered settlements and villages of the Dhampus area. The trekking route in and around Annapurna is renowned throughout the world for its spectacular views of mighty Himalayas and bio diversity present in the landscape. Dhampus is a small village in the Himalayan Annapurna Region in Nepal, 18 km far from Pokhara. It is one of the main entry points to Annapurna Base Camp and to other trekking trails of the Annapurna Region.
From your participation in this trek US$25-$50 per person is donated to the Ashna orphanage of Nepal, Ashna orphanage is a non-profit organization, whose main objective is to offer homely love and Education to children. Currently, Ashna orphanage is serving 40 children of different ages in its two orphanage homes in Chitwan and Kathmandu. Your support and contribution will provide a long lasting sustainable solution to Ashna orphanage to expand its educational and other creative activities. You can also visit Ashna orphanage in Kathmandu.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Our Trekking guide will pick you up at 6:30 AM. Our bus leaves at 7 AM for Pokhara. You'll leave on a tourist bus and enjoy sightseeing on the way to Pokhara. From Kathmandu to Pokhara, it is about 206 km and takes around 6-7 hours. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 02: Pokhara to Tirkhedhunga
You will be driven for one and half hour Pokhara to Nayapul (Nayapul is a small trading town situated at the bank of Modi River). After reaching there, you’ll get off the bus and straight away start to trek. You’ll walk for about an hour to Bhurjung Khola, which passes via Birethanti, a large village with many local inns and tea houses. Lunch will be served here. After lunch, you come across a steep climb on a stone paved path. You’ll climb for almost a good hour. After the completion of the climb, the trail eases all the way to Tirkhedhunga. Overnight stay in a tea house/ lodge in Tirkhedhunga.
Day 03: Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani
After early breakfast, you're trail descends and after crossing the Bhurundi Stream, you'll take part in a steep climbing until Ulleri. It takes about 3 hours to reach Ulleri from Tirkhedhunga. From here, you can witness the scenic views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchare - the Fishtail Mountain. Lunch will be served at Naya Thanti. After lunch, the trail climbs steadily through dense rhododendron forest for four hours to till Ghorepani. Overnight stay in tea house/lodge at Ghorepani.
Day 04: Ghorepani to Ghandruk
The fourth day will start with an early morning excursion to Poon Hill at (10530-ft). Poon Hill is the spot to view the majestic panorama of the Himalayas. A close-up view of Dhalaugiri and the Annapurna Massif, including Machhapuchare, can be seen from Poon Hill. The hike to Poon Hill takes approximately one and half-hours. After breakfast, the trail from Ghorepani to Tadapani goes through thick pine and rhododendron forest with occasional ascends and descends, but it’s a relatively flat walk you’ll walk on the ridge. Stop for lunch at Tadapani, at 8900-ft. After lunch, the major part of the trail goes downhill through scattered villages of Gurung settlement in Ghandrung. The view of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli will always accompany you. Overnight stay in tea house/lodge at Ghandrung.
Day 05: Ghandruk to Pokhara
Today the trail descends to Modi Khola and crosses the Modi River, on a suspension bridge. You’ll then ascend to Landrung village. Annapurna and Machhapuchhre are clearly visible from the trail. You’ll pass through scattered trees and bushes and start to ascend steeply for about an hour. The steady climb to Deurali will takes approximately two hours. From Deurali, you’ll be present with another spectacular view of Annapurna south and Dhaulagiri Mountain, which is the highest mountain in the westerner Nepal. The trail descends steeply for an hour to Phedi (Pokhara-Baglung Highway). From here, you can drive 30 min straight to the hotel at Pokhara for overnight or airport to connect the flight back to Kathmandu.
Cost & Dates
Dates: Every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
One person: US$ 425;
Two or more : US$ 399/person